Are you a COTA or do you know a COTA who deserves recognition for their impact on the OT field or for their development of an innovative program or intervention that enhanced the quality of life for a client or client population? Then consider applying for the COTA Impact Award or COTA Innovation Award next year.

We know COTAs are making a difference every day in their work, thinking outside the box, providing direct care to benefit their clients and pivoting services to adjust to the unique challenges of the pandemic. We want to recognize the COTAs whose work supports NBCOT’s mission by making an outstanding impact on the clients they serve.

Submission Period Will Open in Early 2022

When the submission period opens, we encourage COTAs to apply for the dedicated COTA Impact Award or COTA Innovation Award. By having distinct awards, submissions will be reviewed and rated against like certifications. Award recipients receive their respective award, a featured spotlight in NBCOT publications and social media, and a press release to share the news with others. Additionally, their next certification renewal fee will be free of charge.

An announcement will be made when the submission period is open.

Our award program launched in 2020. Past COTA winners include:

Krysta Rives headshot

Krysta Rives, COTA
2021 Impact Award
COTA Makes Impact as an Educator, Mentor, and Advocate

OTRs, Nominate Your COTAs

To our OTR certificants, we invite you to nominate the COTAs you work with or know through your OT networks for these prestigious awards.

For more information on the Impact and Innovation Awards, please visit